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Medication Errors and Pharmacy Mistakes

Chicago Medication Error and Pharmacy Mistake Attorney

Medication Errors or Mistakes

Millions of Americans depend on medication daily for many different medical conditions. As experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorneys we have handled many cases involving medication and pharmacy errors. Medication errors occur daily in the United States. This is often due to pharmacies not properly training their employees or doctor who write prescriptions in a way that cannot be read. Nurses can also fail to properly administer medication. Also, medications are improperly dispensed in a hospital setting. When medication errors occur, the results can be catastrophic, often resulting in disabling injury or death. Thousands of people die every year due to medication errors. In addition, hundred of thousands of injuries occur each year.

Physicians can make medication errors for various reasons. The most common medication errors by doctors are:

  • Prescribing the wrong drug for the patient's age or condition
  • Prescribing the wrong medication because of misdiagnosis
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage of the drug
  • Prescribing drugs that are “contraindicated” with other medications

Other medical staff such as nurses and pharmacists can make medication errors. The most common medication mistakes or errors by nurses are:

  • Administering the wrong drug and dosage
  • Misreading the physicians order

Pharmacy errors include errors in dispensing the drug. These errors often are caused by be a variety of different factors. The most common of these factors are difficulty in reading the handwriting on the the doctors' orders, confusion involving brand name, mix-ups between similar looking drugs, or mental mistakes by pharmacists or pharmacy technicians. The consequences of these errors can be catastrophic, many times leading to serious injuries or death.

It is important in any medication error case to determine where the error was made and who made it. From prescribing doctors to pharmacists, there are multiple people involved in the dispensing of medication who could make a mistake that leads to serious medical consequences and death.

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